Making Sense of Israel’s Political Crisis

June 30, 2022 | Jonathan Schachter
About the author: Jonathan Schachter is a senior fellow with Hudson Institute’s Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East. He specializes in international security, strategy and diplomacy.

Today, the Knesset is trying to reach an agreement to dissolve itself and hold new elections—which will be the fifth elections in a four-year stretch. The current government’s collapse, initiated by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid ten days ago, marks the end of a year of stability and a return to the preceding chaos. In conversation with Michael Doran, Jonathan Schachter discusses the reasons the coalition fell apart, what the next elections might hold, and what all this means for Israeli foreign policy. (Audio, 45 minutes.)

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